Digging In The Dirt

    Pitch Video

    Oil, heartbreak, and isolation -- a look inside the mental health crisis of Alberta's oil workers.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Adults
    Target Length: 20 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Dylan Howard ,  Alberta


    Digging in the Dirt will be a 20-minute documentary exploring the current mental health crisis in Alberta’s oil industry with compassion, depth and brutal honesty. Building on “Oil, Heartbreak, and Manhood,” an award-winning investigative feature for BuzzFeed News by co-director Omar Mouallem, the documentary will delve further into the lives of oilfield workers struggling with depression, isolation and addiction, and family members grieving from their suicides.


    Buzzfeed Article by Omar Mouallem
    Film by Dylan Rhys Howard (pass: susiethetruck)
    Article by Lizzie Derksen on the wide impact of oil culture

    The Team

    The 3 of us have years of experience and a profound passion for telling these kinds of Albertan stories. We will approach the subject matter with compassion, curiosity, and a desire not just to communicate information, but to create art.

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